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Pianist Andre Watts is well-known for playing the most popular and more challenging piano concertos. When he plays these virtuoso showpieces, he t...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2008
  • Length: :28
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The power of music is so strong for some it takes on religious proportions. That's the case for violinist Joshua Bell. Music IS his religion, whe...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Nov 30, 2006
  • Length: :23
  • Purchases: 2
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Two of violinist Joshua Bell's most recent recordings are devoted to well-known songs and arias that he arranged for violin and piano and violin an...

Bought by WITF


  • Added: Jul 30, 2007
  • Length: :17
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kristjan Järvi, Credit: Peter Rigaud
The music by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt* resonates with many people well beyond Estonia. Conductor Kristjan Järvi says the secret to his succ...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2010
  • Length: :27
Caption: Yuja Wang
After a performer learns the notes and digs deep to find out what’s at the heart of the music, he or she is ready to go on stage. But there’s one ...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Gil Shaham
There’s been some conversation and concern recently about the future of classical music and the future of the symphony orchestra. From the classic...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :25
Caption: Robert Spano
When asked to write music for the first anniversary of 9-11, composer John Adams wrote a work for orchestra and chorus - and included everyday soun...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Till Fellner
It's not unusual for performers to devote themselves to a short list of composers. Some have even taken a year off to only study and play one comp...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2010
  • Length: :23
Caption: Robert Spano
Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings has become the American anthem for peace and comfort during times of national sadness and loss. Barber also wro...

Bought by WETS


  • Added: Dec 31, 2009
  • Length: :20
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Vadim Repin
Tchaikovsky wrote his piano trio as a memorial tribute to a colleague, friend and mentor – Nicolay Rubinstein. In this musical memorial, violinist...

Bought by KBYU/BYU Radio


  • Added: Nov 30, 2009
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joshua Bell
Violinist Joshua Bell's CD "At Home with Friends" is an eclectic mix of classical music, Blue Grass, Jazz, Indian music and more. In a sense, this...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2009
  • Length: :26
Caption: Angela Cheng, Credit: Lisa Kohler
Pianist Angela Cheng, like many people, has a thing for Mozart -- his symphonies, his piano concertos and his uncanny ability with first drafts. S...

Bought by WHRV


  • Added: Jul 27, 2009
  • Length: :22
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Vadim Repin
Some concertos contain multiple technical and virtuosic challenges. Playing through them all can be an exhausting physical experience, similar to ...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2008
  • Length: :26
Caption: Richard Stoltzman
Carl Maria von Weber wrote quite a bit of solo music for the clarinet, and much of it is highly dramatic and virtuosic. Weber tended to think of i...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2008
  • Length: :22
Caption: Richard Stoltzman
"Who were your influences?" That's one of the questions artists and performers from all fields hate to be asked. It may have to do with how many ...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2008
  • Length: :26
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To get an orchestra of 60 or 100 players to play like one is the eternal challenge for a conductor. Every orchestra is different but conductor JoA...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2008
  • Length: :29
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Is there an "American sound" when it comes to classical music? Conductor JoAnn Falletta makes this case for Aaron Copland. Use this 25 second cli...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2008
  • Length: :25
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One of the most frequently asked questions of musicians is, what does "interpretation" mean: how do you "interpret" music? For pianist Andre Watts,...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2008
  • Length: :29
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There's often a story to the music you hear on your station. Conductor Riccardo Muti says you don't have to know the story to hear and feel what t...

  • Added: May 31, 2008
  • Length: :24
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All performers face numerous pressures, from career choices to wardrobe selection. Young musicians and teenage actors are often pressed to grow up...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2007
  • Length: :22
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How much do you need to know and understand to enjoy classical music? Olli Mustonen is best known as a pianist, but he also conducts and composes ...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2007
  • Length: :25
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Yolanda Kondonassis is an advocate for harp music new and old. When she lobbies today's composers, she encourages them to both appreciate and thin...

Bought by WITF


  • Added: Jun 26, 2007
  • Length: :28
  • Purchases: 1
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Traditionally, composers have gone beyond their own national boundaries for their creative inspiration. One composer who frequently thought and co...

Bought by WITF


  • Added: Jun 26, 2007
  • Length: :29
  • Purchases: 1
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Something's missing in violinist Hilary Hahn's latest CD. Rather than take the traditional "show off your fantastic technique" approach in two hig...

Bought by WITF and WFCR


  • Added: Mar 01, 2007
  • Length: :27
  • Purchases: 2
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Aaron Copland is called the "Father of American classical music" for his ability to set American landscapes and the American spirit to music. Befo...

Bought by WITF


  • Added: Jun 20, 2007
  • Length: :23
  • Purchases: 1